Panic In The Streets details
|Starring:||Paul Douglas, Jack Palance, Richard Widmark, Barbara Bel Geddes|
Panic In The Streets
|Run time:||1 hour 33 minutes|
|Rental release:||31 Jan 2011|
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Classy ThrillerBy a customer from Sheffield, England , 18 Apr 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Set in the back streets of New Orleans, this is classic edge of your seat stuff as Richard Widmark desperately tries to track down two hoods (played by Zero Mostel and a very gaunt-looking Jack Palance) who have been infected with the plague. Well acted, with an excellent script and suspenseful plotting, this is certainly worth watching.
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Not much panic but atmospheric period pieceBy a customer from Surrey , 10 Nov 2008Slightly misleading title - not much evidence of panic in the streets of New Orleans, shown in a very seedy, raw, light (which gives the atmosphere). Jack Palance is brilliant as a hoodlum, doing all his own stunts and looking very young, lithe and sexy. He is ably supported by Zero Mostel in an unsual role as a sweaty, over weight side kick who'd happily sell his own mother to save his neck. Widmark is supposed to be the star but just does a lot of shouting and is not very convincing or sympathetic. Bel Geddes, playing his wife, looks so young, I hardly recognised her! I was disappointed there were so few genuine southern accents, or even attempts at the drawl - too much 'Nu Yoik' speak to give it that authentic edge.
Noir from KazanBy a customer from London , 11 Jun 2008Good solid film noir type thing with an extra twist in the form of a deadly disease (plague in fact). Lots of arguing and tension and the necessary bad guys mean that this is all good although there was no femme fatale. It's the dialogue and the acting that makes or breaks these films and it's all top notch here, well worth it for fans of the genre.
Good Film-Noir on a Bare-Bones DiscBy se7en45 from United Kingdom , 13 Dec 2006The legendary baddie of countless Westerns, Jack Palance, recently passed away but he has left behind a good slice of work. This Film-Noir is a great example of the genre and Jack Palance delivers another solid performance. Sadly, the DVD lacks extras of any real merit. Apart from a poster gallery and a trailer there is nothing else. It would have been brilliant if Fox had arranged for Palance to offer a commentary track for this important picture. Still, despite this lack of extra features, I would still recommend this film to fans of vintage Film-Noir.
Great location shootingBy Zamy (552 reviews) from London , 10 Nov 2006This is certainly one of Kazan's better films. The location work in New Orleans give the film a gritty reality which is undermined by the rather sickly homey scenes of Widmark with wife and child. No matter, this is a good watch with fine performances from Widmark, Palance and Mostel. Just a pity that Kazan seems unable to put a completely coherent film together.
If there's a plague here, you're the most important guy in this town.By ChesterDent (121 reviews) from London , 29 Sep 2006Panic in the Streets suffers from a rather unbelievable plot (surely you'd close off the city if someone was running loose with plague) which is dented with overlong sequences concerning family issues between Widmark and an awfully stiff Barbara Bel Geddes, then climaxes with a lumbering waterfront chase. The film does benefit enormously with a great performance from a freakishly gaunt Jack Palance as the brooding toughie but when he's not on screen the film is rather dull.